New minimum wage for domestic workers on the cards

For the first time, domestic workers will earn the national minimum wage. Sectoral determinations have traditionally meant domestic and farmworker wages have lagged well behind the national benchmark. Gerhard Papenfus discusses this further. Courtesy #DStv403 #eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Domestic workers could earn over R20 an hour for the first time if the new minimum wage is adopted.

The Labour Department is calling for public comment on the new rates.

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The national minimum wage commission has ordered an inflation +1 percentage point increase of the national minimum wage, which is R21.69.

If approved by Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, the minimum wage could go up to around R23 an hour but the increase may not be enough for low earners.  

Data from the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group shows that with the current state of inflation, South Africans are getting poorer.

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eNCA

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